NATASHA STAGG’S second column gives us another snapshot of New York in the midst of a struggle between justice for its citizens and the desire to pose for a close-up. Spoiler alert: Stagg has parted ways with the selfie-behemoth, Instagram, in the process of writing this.   

 Photo: Magali Bragard

Photo: Magali Bragard

What Pleasure is There in Thinking Today?

 Nancy Lupo, Bench 2017 (pink concave) , 2018 Steel, rubber feet, and fluorocarbon metallic paint, 190 x 90 x 64 cm

Nancy Lupo, Bench 2017 (pink concave), 2018, Steel, rubber feet, and fluorocarbon metallic paint, 190 x 90 x 64 cm

To varying degrees, many of us now know the feeling of being trapped indoors, whether because of lockdown or fear of infection or transmission. As Lonely in Shanghai turns to Grindr and internet porn, the line between imagined and actual encounters starts to become blurry and dream life feels as real as anything else. By ALVIN LI

For this issue we gave our contributors carte blanche: an open invitation to tell us what’s in their heads, right now. Whether under lockdown inside, or outside under protest, it is clear that the mind has no off-switch. Whether deeply personal, or overtly political, our authors continue to surprise with their level of insight and the playfulness of their imagination.

 Messages for the City, Various artists, April 2020 – ongoing. Poster House, PRINT Magazine, and For Freedoms

Messages for the City, Various artists, April 2020 – ongoing. Poster House, PRINT Magazine, and For Freedoms

Summer is here, so let’s go out of state! Frequent Spike contributor and New York denizen, NATASHA STAGG, is back with a weekly column for the remainder of the warm season. In her first of the series, Stagg talks about branding, policing, and the endless stream of images that fill our screens and our squares (the big ones). 

 Still from Love Streams (1984), dir. John Cassevetes

Still from Love Streams (1984), dir. John Cassavetes

KAITLIN PHILLIPS, in her latest monthly column about bad career choices, inappropriate client texts, and new twelve step programmes. They're not anonymous.

DEAN KISSICK was in New York when America rose up, and managed to both document and celebrate the protests that followed in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by the police.

 Picture Post Card Posted From Post Box Pictured (Vienna) Spike, Vienna/Berlin 2020

Picture Post Card Posted From Post Box Pictured (Vienna) Spike, Vienna/Berlin 2020

Jonathan Monk in conversation with Colin Lang about his new postcard edition for Spike

 Berufsverkehr, Los Angeles, 2018

Berufsverkehr, Los Angeles, 2018, All photos © Christian Werner

The new book by Berlin based photographer Christian Werner